I’ve got a question about multiple bearded birds… Is this purely a genetic thing? Does it happen with age? Are they found in all species or is it typically just the Eastern birds? I’m curious because I’ve never seen one in my population that I hunt.
Who’s got the answer?
Joined: 10/3/2006I killed two in 1 year back in 2001 on the same property. One triple beard and 1 double. I have not taken another since. I have seen one the last two deer seasons on that property that has two thick beards, but he always disappears before turkey season comes around. I have a friend in SC that took three multiple beard birds this spring, two of them were together. I am sure it is genetic and they can pass on the trait, but I don’t think that just because a bird has multiple beards his offspring necessarily will.
Joined: 10/14/2006According to what I found out when I was researching multiple beards, it IS genetic and it is found in ALL supspecies of the American Wild Turkey.
Joined: 6/21/2007I’ve seen quite a few multiple bearded birds, killed a couple with doubles, and seen one another guy killed with 3. There are also lots of bearded hens in my neck of the woods. I seen two in one flock a couple weeks ago. I’ve also read that its genetic.
Joined: 3/31/2009I have taken a two and a four beard birds. The 4 beard with a bow and the 2 with a shotgun.
Joined: 8/25/2006Shot a 3 bearded on the 4th. All others Ive shot have been single bearded.
Joined: 8/27/2008After many years (30+)of hunting Turkey at our home place we have taken several multi beard gobblers. I’ve taken 4 with 3 beards, 1 with 4 beards,and 2 with 5 beards. Several years ago my Dad shot one with 7 but he has also taken several others with multiples. I think my brother hast taken 3 or 4 with multiples, just don’t remember what they had. There must be something in the water around there.
I think it has something to do with genetics.
Joined: 9/27/2005I have taken one with three beards . Every answer I have gotten from
conservation agents was…Genetics.
Joined: 2/22/2005< ——–
Is there high radiation levels there?
Ok where are you guys hunting to shoot all these multiple bearded birds.
Is there high radiation levels there? [/quote:zcu3o6gv]
That’s what I’m thinking!
Never killed a multiple with a bow. Maybe this is the year
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